Khalid Mehmood Rashid, a suspect in the 7/7/2005 London Bombings,Â appeared before the court in Islamabad today to have his detention extended. Right now he is being held without charges after secret extradition from South Africa in November, 2005.
ISI has held him in secret custody since. From The Nation:
ISLAMABAD (AFP) – A Pakistani terror suspect has appeared in court here 18 months after his extradition from South Africa and is being held for alleged links to the 2005 London bombings, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Khalid Mehmood Rashid, 25, attended a federal review board hearing at the Supreme Court in Islamabad for the first time last week and his detention was extended by three months, his lawyer Hashmat Habib said.
London-based human rights group Amnesty International said Rashid was handed over to Pakistan by South Africa in November 2005, and had been in the custody of Pakistanâ€™s intelligence service as of April 16.
â€œThere is no documented charge against him but my understanding is that he is wanted in connection with the July 7, 2005 attacks in Britain,â€ lawyer Habib told AFP. â€œWhen arrested in South Africa for overstaying his visa, the information was shared with Pakistan and a special plane was sent to bring him back to the country,â€ he added.
A Pakistani security source confirmed that Khalidâ€™s contacts to the London bombers were being investigated…
…Meanwhile Habib said British terror suspect Rashid Rauf, who was arrested in Pakistan in August 2006 for alleged links to a plot to blow up transatlantic airliners, had appeared before the Pakistani review board at the same time.Â
Rauf has been charged under Pakistani security laws with â€œpassing on Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership instructions to suspects in custody in London in connection with the London terror plotâ€, Habib said, quoting a charge sheet.
As always, Human Rights watch and Amnesty International are all over this, and more concerned about the terrorist than the bombings and the victims.